Baltic state leaders want to expand the EU budget after Britain leaves the European Union – and possibly create “new own resources”.

The prime ministers of Estonia and Latvia, and the president of Lithuania, say the EU budget, also known as the multi-annual financial framework, should be above 1 percent of the EU-27’s (without the UK) gross national income (GNI)

“We are prepared to discuss ways to maintain the level of the current multi-annual financial framework, even after Brexit, by increased contributions and possibly new own resources to the EU budget,” they said in a signed joint letter on Thursday (15 February).

Estonia’s prime minister, Juri Ratas, Latvia’s prime minister, Maris Kucinskis, and Lithuania’s president, Dalia Grybauskaite, also say no cuts should be made to research, innovation and youth policy.

They also want higher direct payments from the EU budget to their farmers, noting that “they remain considerably below the EU average.